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When to run?

by Leo lambert
(Winnipeg, Canada)

Leo asked: There is a runner on third with two outs.


The batter hits a ground ball to third.

Should the runner run on contact or when the third basemen throws to first?


Rick answered: Leo, thank you for your question.

All runners on base, with two outs, are off at the crack of the bat.

From 3B, you are looking to score, should the batter-runner beat the throw, or the 3B make a bad throw, or the 1B bobbles the ball.

By waiting for the ball to be thrown, it gives the defense an opportunity to make a play at home.


Yours in baseball,

Rick

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Jun 19, 2015
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When to run
by: Leo

Runner on third with two outs. A ground ball is hit to third, when does the runner go? On contact or when the third baseman throws to first.

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My question was with a runner on third only, with two outs and a grounder to third base. Does the third base runner go on contact or wait till the ball is thrown to first.

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